The 2016 World Roller Speed Skating Championships Closing Ceremony Press Conference was held successfully this afternoon (September 18). This game has lasted 9 day since the opening ceremony on September 10. 416 roller speed skating aces from 43 different parts of the world gathered in Nanjing, showing their world-class competitiveness in this sector.
“There are a total of 46 gold medals generated in the 2016 World Roller Speed Skating Championships”, Huang Qiang, Secretary General of Chinese Roller Skating Association, summarized at the conference. “It is worth mentioning in particular that Zhang Chi, a 19-year-old man from Jiangsu Province has won the gold medal in Junior Men 1000 meters, which marks the first world championship of China made in men's roller skating, making a historic breakthrough.” In addition, the marvelous Championships opening ceremony and the smooth and orderly games process made a good impression on players from home and abroad. Outstanding performances also were done in organizational guarantee, security work, reception services and publicity.
In 2017, the FIRS World Roller Games will continue to be held in Nanjing. Aracu, chairman of International Roller Skating Federation, made a brief introduction of the games next year: it will enjoy 9 major competition disciplines and more than 6,000 athletes and referees, with the event broadcast in 90 countries. The successful holding of the games represents a preview of the next. “The roller skating is a kind of youth sports, and Nanjing is a city full of vitality, thus we all like it”, added Aracu. “Many foreign players are becoming afraid of those from China as Chinese winners are far more competitive than a lot of strong players in this competition. ” “Chinese players are weak in speed skating, but strong in roller artistic skating and inline freestyle”, said Weihong Chen, Director of Nanjing Sports Bureau.
As for the FIRS World Roller Games next year, Chen Weihong said that the Nanjing Municipal Government would step up the construction of new venues and ensure hardware facilities. Publicity-wise, online promotion would be launched early next year and “I Am a Roller Skating Star” offline campaign had been held to attract more people to participate.
Aracu, chairman of International Roller Skating Federation, Yan Zhengming, Deputy Director of Jiangsu Province Sports Bureau, Chen Weihong, Director of Nanjing Sports Bureau, and Huang Qiang, Secretary General of Chinese Roller Skating Association attended the press conference.